Smartphone Processors Ranking 2019 | Best Mobile Processor

The processor or the SOC is unarguably one of the most important components of a smartphone. The performance of the processor directly correlates with the phone’s speed and user experience.

A phone with a fast processor will open all your favorite apps in a blink of an eye and your tasks will be done in no time. But a phone with a weak processor will result in bad user experience and may cause issues such as overheating and lagging. And for mobile gamers, the SOC is the most essential part of the phone.

To test and rank processors, Tech Centurion has developed Centurion Mark which evaluates the performance of a processor.

Centurion Mark is a lot more than just raw benchmark.

Centurion Mark not only considers the raw benchmarks but also takes real-world performance into account. This not only makes it highly accurate, but it makes it easy for consumers to understand a phone’s performance with going much into technical details.

As of November 2018, the best mobile processor is Apple A12 Bionic which powers the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Among Android devices, the Snapdragon 855 is currently the best processor followed by the Exynos 9820. The HiSilicon Kirin 980 is the 3rd best processor for Android devices after the Exynos 9820.

    Smartphone Processors Ranking

RankProcessor NamePhoneCenturion Mark
#1Apple A12 BioniciPhone XS Max146
#2Snapdragon 855144*
#3Exynos 9820140*
#4Kirin 980Huawei Mate 20 Pro137
#5Apple A11 BioniciPhone X130
#6Snapdragon 845OnePlus 6T127
#7Exynos 9810Samsung Galaxy Note 9125
#8Kirin 970Huawei Mate 10 Pro121
#9Apple A10 FusioniPhone 7 Plus118
#10Snapdragon 835Google Pixel 2 XL117
#11Exynos 8895Samsung Galaxy S8+114
#12Snapdragon 710Xiaomi Mi 8 SE113
#13Snapdragon 675112*
#14Snapdragon 670Oppo R17111
#15Helio P90110*
#16Helio X30Meizu Pro 7 Plus109
#17Apple A9iPhone 6S Plus109
#18Snapdragon 821OnePlus 3T108
#19Snapdragon 820LG G5107
#20Exynos 8890Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge106
#21Kirin 960Huawei Mate 9 Pro103
#22Exynos 9610102*
#23Snapdragon 660Xiaomi Mi A2101
#24Helio P70Realme U199
#25Helio P60Realme 198
#26Exynos 7885Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)98
#27Kirin 710Huawei Honor 8X98
#28Snapdragon 636Nokia X697
#29Snapdragon 632Meizu Note 892
#30Kirin 955Huawei Honor V889
#31Snapdragon 630Motorola Moto X488
#32Kirin 950Huawei Mate 888
#33Exynos 7872Meizu M6s87
#34Helio X27UMIDIGI Z Pro85
#35Exynos 7420Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge81
#36Helio P3581*
#37Snapdragon 810OnePlus 280
#38Helio P30Gionee M780
#39Helio X23 Lenovo K8 Note79
#40Helio P23OPPO F579
#41Helio X25Meizu Pro 677
#42Exynos 7880Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)77
#43Helio X20Sharp Z275
#44Helio P25 Gionee A1 Plus75
#45Snapdragon 653Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro74
#46Helio P20Sony Xperia XA174
#47Apple A8iPhone 6 Plus74
#48Snapdragon 626Motorola Moto Z2 Play72
#49Snapdragon 625Xiaomi Mi A171
#50Kirin 659Huawei Honor 7X71
#51Kirin 658Huawei P10 Lite71
#52Snapdragon 650Redmi Note 3 Pro70
#53Kirin 655Huawei Honor 6X70
#54Kirin 650Huawei Honor 5C70
#55Snapdragon 439Vivo Y9369
#56Helio P22 Xiaomi Redmi 669
#57Snapdragon 652Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro69
#58Snapdragon 450Motorola Moto G669
#59Snapdragon 808Nexus 5X68
#60Exynos 7870Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)67
#61Helio A22Xiaomi Redmi 6A66
#62Kirin 935Huawei Honor 766
#63Kirin 930Huawei P865
#64Apple A7iPhone 5s65
#65Snapdragon 42965*
#66Exynos 5433Samsung Galaxy Note 461
#67Helio P18Nokia 5.161
#68Helio P10 ZTE Nubia N159
#69Snapdragon 435Moto E5 Plus59
#70Helio X10HTC One E959
#71Exynos 7580Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)58
#72Snapdragon 430Xiaomi Redmi 3s57
#73Snapdragon 617Motorola Moto G4 Plus55
#74Exynos 7570Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime53
#75Snapdragon 616Huawei Honor 7i52
#76Snapdragon 615Lenovo Vibe P151
#77MT6750TOppo F351
#78Snapdragon 427Moto G6 Play50
#79MT6739HTC Desire 1250
#80Snapdragon 425Nokia 2.149
#81MT6738Alcatel A30 Fierce49
#82MT6753Lenovo K4 Note49
#83MT6752Lenovo K3 Note48
#84MT6750Oppo F1s48
#85Snapdragon 415Lenovo Vibe K547
#86Kirin 620Huawei P8 Lite47
#87Snapdragon 412BQ Aquaris X546
#88MT6737TSamsung Galaxy J2 Prime46
#89Snapdragon 410Xiaomi Redmi 245
#90MT6737Moto E4 Plus45
#91MT6735Meizu M242
#92MT6732Acer Liquid Jade Z41

*The performance of processors marked with a star is estimated based on their specification, and the knowledge gained during the testing of existing processors. These scores may change once the phones based on these SOCs are launched.

How to make use of this data?

Processors having the same or a close score can be considered as equivalent or similar in performance. This can help you to determine which processor from a particular brand (Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, Huawei HiSilicon, MediaTek, and Apple) is equivalent or comparable to the other.

Above 110

The processors that scored above 110 is Centurion Mark deliver excellent performance in Gaming as well as Heavy usage. Selecting a phone with a processor from this category is highly recommended for the best user experience.

Between 85-110

Great performance is General use as well as gaming. If you’re buying a mid-range phone then you should target this range.

Between 65-85

In this range, performance is just above average. But you’re unlikely to observe any lags or any other significant issues. But some older chips like Snapdragon 810 having poor thermal performance might also fall into this category. If you have a low budget, try to get a phone that fits in this category.

Between 55-65

The general performance of these chips is below average but it is acceptable in the lower end phones. These can suffer from occasional lags as well as throttling issues.

Below 55

The performance of these chips is below par and should be avoided unless you’re buying an extremely cheap phone with a budget lower than $100.

    Snapdragon 855 vs A12 Bionic vs Kirin 980 vs Exynos 9820

I undestand that a single digit score doesn’t tell the whole story. Therefore, here’s a detailed ranking of the current generation flagship SOCs in different areas.

CPU Performance
  1. Apple A12 Bionic
  2. Exynos 9820
  3. Snapdragon 855
  4. Kirin 980

In Single-Threaded CPU performance, A12 Bionic is far ahead of the rest of the chips. But in Multi-Core test, the performance of all the four CPUs is quite similar.

GPU Performance
  1. Apple A12 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 855
  3. Exynos 9820
  4. Kirin 980

Apple’s A12 Bionic continues to dominate the GPU performance while Snapdragon 855 is not far behind. However, both Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 are quite behind.

AI Performance
  1. Snapdragon 855
  2. Apple A12 Bionic
  3. Kirin 980
  4. Exynos 9820

In AI related computation, Snapdragon 855 takes the crown followed by A12 Bionic. Unfortunately, the Dual NPU of Kirin 980 isn’t as good as the other two SOCs.

Fabrication Node
  1. Apple A12 Bionic, Snapdragon 855, Kirin 980 
  2. Exynos 9820

A12 Bionic, Snapdragon 855, and Kirin 980 are fabricated using TSMC’s 7nm FinFET Process. While Exynos 9820 is manufactured using Samsung’s 8nm Process. TSMC’s 7nm Process has higher transistor density as compared to Samsung’s 8nm Process as you can see in this article.

Modem
  1. Snapdragon 855
  2. Exynos 9820
  3. Kirin 980
  4. Apple A12 Bionic

Snapdragon 855 is the only chip which has 5G support with their X50 Modem. The above rankings depend on Networking Technologies, Internet Speeds, and Features.

User Experience
  1. Apple A12 Bionic
  2. Snapdragon 855
  3. Kirin 980
  4. Exynos 9820

The user experience section is only estimated based on their predecessors because phones based on Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 are yet to release.

    Centurion Mark and its Significance

We not only test the raw performance but also check whether it is as good as per its specification. When a processor suffers from throttling/overheating on extended usage or lags frequently during general use or gaming, we deduct its score. But when a processor actually performs better than expected, we increase its score.

Adding the User Experience section is essential to prevent the high dependency on the raw performance scores. The scores are unbiased and we do not favor any particular brand or processor. We also do not accept sponsored reviews by smartphone manufacturers.

Centurion Mark

By giving almost the equal weight to the Real-World Performance as the Raw score, Centurion Mark is one of the most accurate ways to judge the performance of a SOC. Here are some of the major factors that influence the Centurion Mark.

Parameters that Influence Centurion Mark

There are more than 20 parameters on which we judge a processor’s performance. But the most significant ones are:

  • User Experience
  • Real-World Performance
  • Raw CPU Performance
  • Raw GPU Performance
  • Features and Technologies Present

Things to Note

Processors made by Apple run on a completely different OS and the full details of the SOC is never released by Apple. So, there is no way to know whether an Apple Processor will perform that well when running the Android OS. Thus, even though the raw performance of an Apple’s chip seems unbelievably good, there’s no way to know if its actually because iOS is well-optimized or the SOC is way too powerful. That’s why the Centurion Mark of Apple Processors is determined in a slightly different way and there’s a possibility of an error between 0 to 5 points. But still, it is worth noting that Apple Processors are ‘top-notch’ and the A12 Bionic is the best mobile processor as of now.

Because we determine Centurion Mark based on over 20 different parameters, one SOC with a better CPU but a weaker GPU can have the same Centurion Mark as another SOC with a weaker CPU but a better GPU. Thus, make sure to look at our GPU Benchmarks to find out which SOC has a better Graphics Processor. You are also free to ask any questions in the comment section or message us on our social media pages.

Custom UIs or skins may also affect the user experience of a device. UIs such as Samsung Experience, MIUI, and EMUI may improve or degrade the experience when compared to Stock Android. We do not take this factor into consideration. You can always flash a Custom ROM to improve the experience.

These scores may change whenever we improve our algorithm and/or benchmarking technique.

    Best Processors in Each Price Segment

This list contains the best processors in each price segment. Depending on your budget, try to get a phone with one of the best processors available.

Flagship

Best Mobile Processor

High-End

Best High-End Processors

Mid-Range

Best Mid-Range Processors

Budget

Best Budget Processors

    Final Words

I hope this list helps anyone looking to purchase a new smartphone. I’ll constantly be updating the list as new devices launch. If you have questions on why a particular SOC is better, feel free to ask in the comments. I’ll get back to you as early as possible.

How much priority should you give to Centurion Mark?

Centurion Mark covers three major aspects of a phone: General Performance, User Experience, and Gaming. A general consumer should give the highest priority to Centurion Mark followed by the aspect that matters the most to you (Camera/Battery/Design/UI).

A review of that particular smartphone will always give a better idea than just the benchmarks. So, you shouldn’t only be dependent on Centurion Mark to know about the performance of a particular phone. It’s not always about choosing a phone with the best mobile processor, but the one that fulfills all your needs.




1 thought on “Smartphone Processors Ranking 2019 | Best Mobile Processor”

  1. Nice info, sir. Well laid-out, excellent comparison chart and suggestions. I really appreciate it, as I think buying a midrange cpu like the A8star, with the Snapdragon 660 is all I am going to need, given that I so not game. I just want smooth performance, video play, and no lag after a year or two. I can get the A8star in Korea for almost free, with credit card agreement. The only negative is A8star has just 4gb of ram in Korea. Maybe I don’t need to spend for a top-tier phone, anymore. Your info has helped me see that.. Take care!

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